‘The Future of Museums’ with Elizabeth Merritt

With museums facing so many challenges, and opportunities, what a great time to talk with Elizabeth Merritt.  She is the Vice President for Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums.  

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Host: Wayne Parker; Advisor: Alice Parman; Audio Editor:  George Davidson

Show Notes

American Alliance of Museums www.aam-us.org on Twitter @aamers

Center for the Future of Museums www.aam-us.org/programs/center-for-the-future-of-museums/ on Twitter @futureofmuseums

Subscribe to CFM’s free weekly e-newsletter Dispatches from the Future of Museums  bit.ly/dispatchesfromthefuture

The Umbrella Cover Museum: https://www.umbrellacovermuseum.org/

Woodlawn Plantation https://savingplaces.org/places/woodlawn#.X_84JBZ7mUl and it’s work with Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture http://arcadiafood.org/

And a blog post from Woodlawn’s director about this work: https://www.aam-us.org/2011/02/01/saving-the-historic-house-while-saving-the-world/

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/newsroom/media-kits/sfw-introduction-and-mission

Museum of Tomorrow, Sao Paulo, Brazil https://museudoamanha.org.br/en

Blog posts about their AI chatbot IRIS+ :

https://www.aam-us.org/2018/06/12/iris-part-one-designing-coding-a-museum-ai/

https://www.aam-us.org/2018/06/19/iris-part-two-how-to-embed-a-museums-personality-and-values-in-ai/

Facts about America’s Museums

https://www.aam-us.org/programs/about-museums/

The Dunkleosteus fossil at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History that made Elizabeth pee her pants as a toddler

https://www.cmnh.org/dunk